TAMPA, Fla. -- An insatiable desire for high-end luxury goods has landed a Hillsborough couple behind bars, according to a Department of Justice press release.
June 18, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sentenced Michelle Guy to 48 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Her husband, Kevin Guy, was previously sentenced to 37 months in prison for his involvement in the same fraud conspiracy.
In addition to M. Guy's prison sentence, the court ordered a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of approximately $2.2 million worth of high-end purses, shoes, sunglasses, electronics and clothing. She was also ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and pay over $2.2 million in restitution to HSBC Bank.
According to court documents, between February 2011 and August 2011, M. Guy worked various administrative roles for HSBC Mortgage Services in Brandon, Florida. Through an employee recognition program, M. Guy conspired with various individuals, including her husband, between January 2007 and November 2011, to defraud HSBC Mortgage Services and HSBC bank.
The release said the fraud included ordering approximately $2.2 million in American Express and store gift cards along with AMEX gift checks without authorization. The gift checks and cards were then directed to the Guys' residence and office and then deposited the gift checks into various bank accounts.
When serving the two search warrants law enforcement found approximately 72 AMEX gift checks and more than 60 store gift cards from Dillard's, Olive Garden, Target, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Foot Locker, Walmart, Outback and JC Penney.
The Guy's went on lavish shopping sprees with the gift cards and spent thousands of dollars on merchandise from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany's and Neiman Marcus, according to the release.
The report detailed that law enforcement seized many items that was purchased with the money, including over 25 luxury purses, 100 pairs of jeans, 100 pairs of designer shoes and 20 pairs of designer sunglasses, four flat screen TVs, two computers and a high-end refrigerator.
In June of 2011, K. Guy also used the money as a down payment on a 2011 Mercedes Benz that was worth $96,000.